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19 Ways to Feng Shui Your Dorm Room or Apartment

July 09, 2021

The ancient Chinese tradition of feng shui can mostly be boiled down to trying to balance your home's energy intentionally to create good fortune and health in your life. But what happens when you go away to college and want to do the same at your new home away from home?

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Energize with Animal Prints

What’s black, white and red all over? This drool-worthy, zebra-lined bookcase brimming with feng shui style. Copy the look to usher abundance, protection and luxury into your dorm room with exotic, animal print accessories. Leopard and zebra prints fall under the feng shui fire element along with red, orange and burgundy hues. Incorporating these fire elements in your space will encourage positive transformation and make a bold statement in your design.

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Protection + Prosperity

Use foo dogs and a bowl of nine lemons to pack your dorm room with positive energy and protection, aplenty. Foo dogs are ancient Chinese symbols for protection and have been used in pairs to guard temple and home entryways for centuries. A bowl of nine lemons combine feng shui’s sacred number nine, which represents accomplishment and personal growth, with lemons’ powerful symbolism of health and prosperity to yield an accent that clears energy and makes way for fortune throughout the home.

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Solid Advice

Make the most of your shared bedroom by implementing feng shui principles for soothing, sound sleep. Position beds in a command position, with the headboard flush against a solid wall in indirect eyeline of the door. Use a solid, upholstered or wooden headboard to promote protection and support through the night and outfit the beds in neutral bedding to promote calm in the space.

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Auspicious Arrangement

Pretty-up your desk, coffee table or nightstand with this auspicious DIY arrangement. Orchids are among the best-loved blooms in feng shui for their believed ability to enhance fortune, grace and spiritual expansion.

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